Robert has practised as a solicitor and barrister and quantity surveyor and has over 30 years’ experience of dispute resolution, with a particular focus on the construction industry. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a Chartered Arbitrator and an Accredited Mediator. He is also an experienced construction adjudicator, having received over 400 appointments as adjudicator, including through leading UK and overseas institutions.
Robert has over 35 years’ experience of the construction industry with particular emphasis on all forms of alternative dispute resolution. After 12 years as a quantity surveyor Robert entered the Bar dealing with civil, landlord & tenant, property and construction law issues whilst also undertaking arbitration and adjudication disputes as the neutral. He also practised as a solicitor for six years specialising in civil, landlord & tenant, property and construction law and dispute resolution. He returned to the full- time Bar in the UK in 2011 and is now a senior partner with Kochhar & Co Inc in Dubai specialising in all aspects of the property and construction industry representing parties as well as undertaking appointments as arbitrator, adjudicator, expert determiner, mediator and dispute board member.
Anthony Fincham is a highly experienced and skilled mediator, who was until recently a partner at a leading London Law Firm. Anthony specialises in workplace dispute resolution. He has mediated in a wide range of other types of dispute.
He is a member of the Court of Appeal Mediation Panel and until recently, a Member of the City of London Law Society Employment Committee. Anthony is a former non-executive director of ADR Group and Chairman of ADR London.
Michael is a Member of ArbDB Chambers. He has over 30 years’ experience as a Barrister and Solicitor, both in private practice and as in-house Counsel. He is an accredited Mediator with CEDR and ADR Group and has been involved in over 200 mediations. Michael is named as one of the world’s leading mediators in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediators 2015.
Michael accepts instructions as arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator. He is on the panels of neutrals of many of the leading UK and international private dispute resolution institutions, including CEDR, CIArb, ADR Group and DIAC, ACICA, SIAC, HKIAC, as well as the RICS Dispute Board Register. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Chartered Arbitrator and has handed down around 60 awards.
John Redmond established and led the construction law team at Osborne Clarke until he left the partnership in 2010 to concentrate on arbitration, adjudication and mediation. In 35 years as a construction lawyer he has advised and managed disputes on projects ranging from the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem to Dublin Port Tunnel, Moscow’s Federation Tower, Cardiff Millennium Stadium and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. He is a former national Chairman of the Society of Construction Law, a regular contributor to the construction press and speaker at national and international conferences.
As an arbitrator and mediator his practice is much wider than construction. Recent cases include computer software disputes, professional partnership breakdown, financial services and consumer disputes as well as a wide variety of construction adjudication referrals. He is a Chartered Arbitrator, accredited mediator and on several panels of adjudicators.
Tony Marks has more than thirty years experience of dispute resolution. He was a solicitor and litigation partner at CMS Cameron McKenna from 1983 to 2008. From 2008 Tony has practised as an independent mediator and arbitrator. He has mediated fraud cases, boundary disputes and IT cases. He is an accredited mediator with ADR Group, a member of ADR Chambers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has sat as arbitrator in a large contractual dispute and has wide experience as arbitration counsel. As a litigation partner, he dealt with in a wide range of commercial disputes and his primary areas of industry specialisation are in financial markets, financial services, corporate and energy disputes, information technology and commodities and futures markets.
Tony was part time Director of Legal Services at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators from 2008-2012. Part of his role at CIArb was to advise practitioners on questions of practice ad procedure in arbitration, mediation and adjudication.
Chris is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited Mediator. He is Managing Director of Innotec, a technology consultancy specialising in Electronics, Microelectronics and Software. He is currently the Chairman of The Academy of Experts and has practiced in many major cases in the UK, Europe, USA and Far East in addition to International Arbitrations. He is a member of the President’s Lists of CIArb (mediation) and the IET (arbitration, mediation, expert).
Chris holds a PhD in Microelectronics and is an acknowledged expert in the fields of electronics, microelectronics and software, having over 30 years of experience in the electronics and ICT industries.
He has a worldwide reputation in all aspects of high volume product manufacture (contracts, industrial design, materials, design methods, testing, distribution, outsourcing) and has significant experience at Board level in Far East electronics and telecommunications companies.
Chris practices as Arbitrator, Mediator and Expert Witness.
Peter accepts appointments as arbitrator, mediator and facilitator in respect of commercial disputes, in particular those relating to international trade and transport. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Peter is a Member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration and an Aspiring Full Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA).
He has acted as an arbitrator in both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, including those conducted under the auspices of Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the ICC, the LMAA and the Singapore International Arbitration Commission (SIAC). He is an arbitration panel member of arbitration institutions in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and United Kingdom.
Peter, having been admitted as a lawyer in Australia and in England and Wales, has practised as a dispute resolution lawyer for over 35 years.
Stephen Bate is a British citizen, Chartered Arbitrator, barrister and accredited mediator, with a UK domestic and international commercial arbitration practice carried on through ARBDB, international arbitration chambers in London: www.arbdb.com. His practice background is as a barrister at the English Bar, with over 25 years’ experience in a range of civil and commercial matters, specialising in media & entertainment law, latterly at 5RB barristers’ chambers until 2017.
Stephen was accredited as a mediator in the UK by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in 2002 and has since mediated approximately 120 cases with values up to £250M in a very wide range of commercial disputes, with a settlement rate of about 70%. His mediation practice is carried out through CEDR Chambers: www.cedr.com. Stephen is listed in the Legal 500 2018/19 as a leading mediator.
Mark Appel has nearly 40 years of global arbitration and mediation experience, having served in both executive and senior executive positions at the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), leaving ICDR/AAA as Senior Vice President, EMEA in December of 2015.
While serving as an AAA Executive, Mr. Appel personally administered or was responsible for the administration of thousands of commercial arbitrations and mediations.
Mr. Appel is thoroughly familiar with Civil and Common law arbitration and mediation practice and procedure, with over 30 years of experience in training arbitrators and mediators on four continents on behalf of various arbitral institutions, government ministries, Courts and NGOs.
Tony has 35 years of experience as an ADR practitioner and he is a Past President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Society of Construction Arbitrators. Tony is widely known in UK and international legal circles for conducting assessments at entry to Fellowship level of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Tony acquired wide experience of the construction industry as a Chartered Civil Engineer working for contractors in England, Seychelles and South Africa. He also practised as a Consulting Civil and Structural Engineer since 1977 when he became a Fellow of, the then, Institute of Arbitrators.
Tony’s wide ranging practical experience, and his extensive arbitral experience since 1977, has led him to be appointed, since 2000, as Chairman of international arbitration tribunals, or party appointed arbitrator, in complicated high-value construction, oil and gas, and capital plant disputes. Tony’s dispute resolution work includes being named in Canary Wharf contracts as the standing adjudicator and in Dispute Boards abroad. Tony is available for arbitration, dispute board work, adjudication and mediation.
Paul is a Chartered Arbitrator, a Chartered Surveyor and an Accredited Mediator with Clerksroom the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and RICS. Paul has mediated over 125 mediations and he has over 42 years’ broad experience as a Chartered Surveyor both in private practice and in the corporate sector.
Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the President’s Panel of Arbitrators at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and CIArb Disputes Service panel – property. He is also a member of the President’s Panel of Mediators at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is one of the few people dual qualified as a commercial Mediator and an Arbitrator. Paul is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Dubai Mediation Centre.
Paul is also a member of the RICS President’s Panel of Arbitrators in Commercial Rent Reviews. He is also a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the London Court of International Arbitration and the panel of Arbitrators and Mediators of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration.
He is a member of the panel of Mediators at the Dubai Mediation Centre and is a member of the RICS Neighbourhood Disputes Pool.
Jane Gunn is a former city solicitor who has now built an international reputation as a Mediator, Conflict Management Consultant and Speaker working with businesses and business leaders around the world.
Jane has mediated hundreds of disputes and is frequently chosen for her extensive mediation experience as well as her ability to handle complex and/or emotive cases.
John Wright is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. After 40 years in practice as a solicitor he now sits full time as an Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Mediator and Dispute Board Member, chiefly in construction and engineering projects but also encompassing disputes arising in the energy, commodity, travel, mining, real estate and banking fields.
John is on the FIDIC President’s List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators and is currently sitting on a number of Dispute Boards globally. He is also included on arbitration, adjudication and mediation panels worldwide including the United Kingdom, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Thailand, Vietnam and Georgia.
John has long been identified as a leading construction lawyer in Chambers Directory and the Legal 500 and is named as one of the world’s leading construction lawyers in the 2019 edition of the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and past Co-Chair of the International Construction Projects committee of the International Bar Association.
Andrew joins ArbDB from Atkin Chambers, where he was in practice from 1983 until 2016. Andrew specialises primarily in construction and technology matters. He is also an affiliated foreign lawyer with Varul (Vilnius, Lithuania), focusing on international dispute avoidance and resolution.
Andrew was on an extended editorial sabbatical between 2014 and 2015 writing the fifth edition of Delay and Disruption in Construction Contracts (informa law firm Routledge), and writing various other publications and pursuing educational projects. He recently achieved substantial success for clients under a domestic CIMAR arbitration and at the TCC in Leeds.
George Grant FRICS ACIArb is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and practising Arbitrator with over 40 years experience in the fields of Development & Project Management, Cost Management, Contract Administration, Claims Consultancy, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration. Twenty of those years have now been spent in the Middle East (7yrs in Oman, 13 in the UAE). During the past 20 years George has held top management positions in leading consultancy and corporate organisations and has completed many assignments throughout the region as well as in India and Africa and the Far East. He now runs his own international construction management consultancy practice based in Dubai and is a board member of various associated companies.
George has successfully pursued and defended multiple multimillion dollar claims and has extensive experience of contracts and commercial management work both in a civil and infrastructure environment. He is a practising Arbitrator and dispute resolution expert.
Wolf von Kumberg brings over 30 years of international legal and business experience to the practise of ADR. Having served as Legal Director and Assistant General counsel to Northrop Grumman Corporation and before that to Litton Industries Inc., he has unique knowledge related to the Aerospace, Defence and High Tech Industries. His practise involved most regions of the World and included, commercial, government and state entities. He is now applying this accumulated knowledge to the field of global commercial conflict avoidance and resolution.
Wolf is a certified CEDR mediator and an arbitration Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Directors. He has mediated numerous types of commercial disputes and has been involved in a variety of domestic and international arbitrations. He sits on the mediation panels of CEDR, KLRCA and the AAA/ICDR. In addition, he is a member of arbitration panels at AAA/ICDR, KLRCA, LCIA and the DIFC. He is a founding panellist of the Aerospace/Security panel of the AAA and has assisted in the development of Investor State Mediation Guidelines for the Energy Charter Treaty Secretariat.
Sheila Bates, MCIArb, CEDR accredited mediator (2007) is an international dispute resolution professional, facilitator and trainer. She has wide-ranging international experience gained in consulting, multi-nationals, financial institutions and public sector organisations over more than 25 years. She is a member of the CEDR mediation panel.
As a mediator, Sheila is particularly in interested in cross cultural and workplace and employment disputes. She has an in-depth knowledge of emerging markets. Sheila led the implementation of mediation in an international financial institution as part of its internal justice system.